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Ms. Cara, Teacher

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, as the teacher at The Little Schoolhouse. My name is Cara Haar and I have lived in Bragg Creek for most of my life. We chose to live out here to raise our four children in this beautiful, small community close to the mountains.


I am very interested in working with young children, scaffolding and facilitating their development and growth. I believe in a child-centered learning environment with strong parental involvement and connections within the community. In past work experience, I taught kindergarten in a special needs environment with a focus on individualized instruction and learning through play.


I am incredibly creative, passionate and committed to early childhood education. In my studies for my Masters degree at the University of Calgary, I explored all facets of the Reggio Emilia approach to the education of young children. As a culmination of these studies, I travelled to Italy to observe and reflect on their pedagogy of learning and practice. This child-centered, project based philosophy will be an asset to the early school experiences for children at the Little Schoolhouse. My presence in the classroom as a leader and motivator is what challenges me to teach to each child's potential. I am looking forward to another great year!


Cara Haar, M.Ed.

Ms. Helen,
Teacher Assistant

My name is Helen Cirin. My family and I moved to Canada in 2008 from the UK, where I was a Paediatric nurse. I have had many years experience working with young children with various needs and their families.  I now live with my husband and 2 children in West Bragg Creek. We enjoy hiking and skiing, and love it here! I am looking forward to another great year at The Little Schoolhouse!

Kristyn Schmidt,
Office Manager

My name is Kristyn and I have been part of the Little Schoolhouse for many years.  All three of my children have attended the school and I have served on the Executive Board a number of times.  I now excited to move into a role that works closely with the Teachers and Administrative staff.  My family and I have lived in Bragg Creek area for over 10 years and I have been very active on other community boards.

Catherine Watson, Administrator

My name is Catherine Watson and I have worked at the Little Schoolhouse for the past six years as the Administrator and Director of Education for BCESA. I have a deep understand of the educational system and working with teachers, staff, board members and parents.  I am also a Teacher in Calgary, a mother of two, and a huge community supporter for both Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows.

Michelle Thompson

My name is Michelle Thompson and I am so happy to be part of the Little Schoolhouse in an administrative role. I have been part of the school since 2005 and both of my children have attended the preschool and kindergarten programs.  I live with my family in Redwood Meadows and we love working, going to school and volunteering in our beautiful community.